Health and Wellbeing
Maintaining good mental health during this time of great change is really important for our wellbeing.
Maintaining good mental health
This information has been produced in collaboration with MindSpotMindSpot whose assistance is acknowledged and appreciated.
During this time, it’s important to do things that help us to cope and maintain good mental health.
What you can do
1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Key things that we know help include:
- Set up a daily routine. Plan activities that are fun (such as reading, watching movies, hobbies) and that give you a sense of achievement (such as cleaning, completing work tasks, learning a new skill).
- Stay active—create an exercise routine that can be completed at home, to maintain physical fitness and reduce stress.
- Eat well—plan and eat a variety of nutritious meals.
- Stay connected with friends and family via phone, chat, email, or video conferencing.
2. Stay informed
Getting information from trusted sources can help you determine reasonable precautions to take to maintain your health. See the links we have included above in COVID-19: The facts.
3. Stay positive
- This is unpleasant, but it will pass.
- What you say to yourself is important. Listen to the things you are saying to yourself and change negative comments to be more helpful and realistic.
4. Access support
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, access support.We have more information about how to access mental health services below. You can also check out the range of phone and online services which can offer mental health support.
Connection Cards to help you #StayConnected
It’s very normal to not feel OK in challenging times such as these. We must continue to promote a sense of community, reach out and ask our friends, family and colleagues, “Are you OK?”.
If you’re feeling well and able to support someone, practically or emotionally, you can use our 'Connection Cards' to let them know you’re there to help now and for as long as they need.
DOWNLOAD #STAYCONNECTED RESOURCES:
If you would like to talk to someone now, you can contact:
Lifeline | 13 11 14 | lifeline.org.au
Beyond Blue | 1300 22 4636 | beyondblue.org.au
Kids Helpline | 1800 55 1800 | kidshelpline.com.au
Head to Health | headtohealth.gov.au or call National Coronavirus Helpline | 1800 020 080